(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this birth injury case and its proceedings.)
William Taylor describes his wife’s legs as still in the stirrups while she was being instructed to again push, after which the baby’s head popped out all the way to the neck before the shoulders. If a proper McRoberts position had been performed the mother’s legs would have not remained in the stirrups.
Mr. Taylor saw Dr. Y. grab the infant by the head, with her thumb on his forehead and a hand around his neck, and turn him to the left. She was holding her hands outside the body and around the neck area. She did not go inside the vagina. A photograph clearly depicts the infant’s head fully out of the vagina, facing upward, and shows the physician’s hands around the head and necks, fully outside the vagina. This does not depict the Woods maneuver described in the Delivery Notes. The maneuver described by the father, and depicted in the photograph is beneath the standard of care in that it allows excessive rotation of the neck, which can cause the Erb’s Palsy and brachial plexus injury that is described in Sean Taylor’s records. Mr. Taylor saw Dr. X. turn the baby to the left causing a popping sound, leading Mr. Taylor to believe that Sean’s neck may have been broken. Dr. Z. concludes that it is probable that this was the brachial plexus injury leading to the Erb’s Palsy suffered by Sean, caused by excessive force and improper traction on the head and neck during the delivery.
Critical to the hospital’s liability is the fact that the mother was not in the correct McRoberts position, but had her legs in the stirrups. The positioning of the mother for this procedure is the responsibility of the nurses, who assuredly should have recognized that the procedure was no being properly performed, and who assisted in this mangled form of delivery notwithstanding that the problems would have been evident to any obstetrics specialist present.
Defendants do not explain this popping sound, or the brachial plexus injury resulting in Erb’s Palsy, nor make any attempt to reconcile these injuries with the procedure claimed by Dr. X.. No do they address the fact that the photographic evidence and the witness clearly contradict the medical records as to the manner in which delivery was performed. (See Part 5 of 12.)
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